By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist
"It is a way to keep our church alive." -- Abigail Herrington, a UM scholarship recipient from Mississippi
As Mississippi United Methodists are planning to celebrate
Student Day Special Offering Sunday, Abigail Herrington, will be counting her blessings for being a two-time recipient of scholarships made possible through this special collection. Herrington, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi is a senior majoring in history at Millsaps College in Jackson, and desires to enter seminary after graduation. She's been awarded a $500 gift towards each semester of the school year from The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Office of Loans and Scholarships. Herrington said the good news came as she was experiencing financial hurdles, but thanks to the generosity of United Methodists, she was able to afford school items.
"The scholarship helped pay for small costs that the larger scholarships did not cover like books, supplies and remaining tuition costs that I had," said Herrington who serves as the youth and children's director at Alta Woods UMC in Jackson.
In her opinion, donating to students is an important part of the Methodist connection. "It's is a great way to support students contemplating a ministerial path...it is a way to keep our church alive," she said.
James Salter, a father in Gautier, expressed his gratitude for the student scholarships. His son, Philip received one from the church as well towards his studies at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey.
"Philip and my wife and I are grateful for the generosity that has been given. Philip has embraced this new adventure in his life and he is a long way from home and we are greatly encouraged and hopeful that God is going to use him in a mighty way and The United Methodist Church has a lot to do with that."
United Methodists congregations are urged to give on Student Day Special Offering Sunday, November 24, 2013. Gifts received from this offering become an investment in the future of the church through direct scholarships for higher education.
The GBHEM distributes over 3,500 scholarships to students annually.
Mississippi United Methodists can give to United Methodist Student Day during their church service on Sunday November 24, 2013. They can also send checks to The Mississippi Annual Conference and write in the memo line "United Methodist Student Day" and mail to: Mississippi Annual Conference, 320-A Briarwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39206.